Justice OA Adeniyi of the Federal Capital Territory Excessive Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja on Friday, September 20, 2019 remanded Mrs. Grace Taiga, a female confederate in the a pair of fraud, involving P&ID in Suleja Penal complex.
Wilson Uwujaren, head, media & publicity for the anti-graft company says she is being prosecuted by the Financial and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Taiga, a ancient director, Staunch Products and companies in the Ministry of Petroleum Sources became once a key actor in the unsuitable Gasoline Present and Processing Settlement (GSPA) between the federal authorities and P&ID. She is speculated to fill outmoded her jam to rearrange undue favors to the firm.
She became once arraigned on eight-depend amended costs, bordering on accepting bribes and other associated crimes.
Depend One in every of the fee reads: “That you, Activity and Industrial Trends Restricted, being a firm included in the British Virgin Island (now a convict), Michael Quinn (deceased), Brendan Cahill (at good), Neil Hitchcock (deceased) and Grace Taiga on or referring to the 11th January, 2010 in Abuja, all the way by the Jurisdiction of this qualified courtroom, with intent to defraud made a unfounded assertion in Paragraph 8 (g) of Gasoline Present and Processing Settlement (GSPA) to wit: the events are mindful that the 24-go Adanga Pipeline currently under constructing from the Addax operated OML 123, straight to Calabar and due for completion in 2010 which share of the mentioned agreement you knew to be unfounded and also you dedicated an offence opposite to Fragment 362 ( a) of the Panel Code Law and punishable under Fragment 364 of the the same law. ”
Depend 5 of the fee reads: “That you Grace Taiga (ancient director, Staunch Products and companies in the Ministry of Petroleum Sources) on or referring to the 18th of December, 2017 in Abuja all the way by the jurisdiction of this honourable courtroom, corruptly bought the sum of $ 10,000 (Ten thousand United States Greenbacks) from Industrial Consultants International, by your Zenith Financial institution offshore Tale No.5070369868 on yarn of the opt you already confirmed to Activity and Industrial Trends Restricted, which ended in the execution of the definitive agreement entered into between the mentioned firm, included and gift under regulations of the British Virgin Island and the Ministry of Petroleum Sources on 11th of January, 2010 and also you thereby dedicated an offence opposite to Fragment 8 (1) (a) of the Snide Practices and Other Connected Offences Act, 2010. ”
The accused pleaded no longer guilty to the total costs. In peep of her plea, prosecution counsel, Bala Sanga prayed the courtroom for a trial date and for the defendant to be remanded in detention heart custody.
Defense counsel, Ola Olanipekun SAN, on the opposite hand, made an oral bail software program for the defendant, which Justice Adeniyi rejected, preferring that he filed a proper bail software program.
Olanipekun SAN, extra told the courtroom that the defendant had been in the EFCC custody, the total whereas and became once down with hypertension, praying that the defendant be remanded somewhat in the custody of the EFCC.
The prosecution counsel objected to the prayer and urged the courtroom to discountenance the defendant’s order of effectively being challenges as there became once no evidence or proof to it. He moreover objected to the prayer for the defendant to be remanded in EFCC’s custody, arguing that the subject became once now in courtroom and that the Commission’s detention facility became once congested.
Justice Adeniyi adjourned the subject to September 25, 2019 for trial and remanded the defendant in the Suleja Penal complex.
It’d be recalled that two directors of P&ID: Muhammed Kuchazi and Adamu Usman had been on Thursday, September 19, 2019 convicted by a Federal Excessive Court, Abuja, after they pleaded guilty to 11-depend costs that bordered on obtaining by unfounded pretence; dealing in petroleum products with out appropriate license; tax evasion, cash laundering and failure to register P&ID with EFCC’s Special Management Unit in opposition to Money Laundering (SCUML) as required by law.
The trial deem, Justice IE Ekwo moreover ordered a liquidation of the unsuitable firm, whereas all of its resources are to be forfeited to the federal authorities.